Meta's in-house staff won't have to return to the office for months, but some of its contracted workers are only now getting a similar reprieve. BuzzFeed News has learned subcontractor Accenture has scrapped a requirement that hundreds of Facebook moderators return to in-person work in Mountain View, California on January 24th. The original plan, provided to moderators in late December, would have forced roughly 400 people to work in close proximity while COVID-19's highly infectious Omicron variant is likely to still be rampant.
The announcement led to public and private protests over the decision, including "nearly a dozen" threats to resign, BuzzFeed said. The moderators said it was impossible to maintain Accenture's social distancing requirements given tightly packed offices, closed stairwells, and poor enforcement, and that the company didn't provide exemptions for immunocompromised workers or vulnerable family members.
An Accenture spokesperson confirmed that moderators working from home "should continue to do so" based on COVID-19 health data, and claimed the company worked "collaboratively" to accommodate individuals in compliance with the law. Meta, meanwhile, said it would "continue to prioritize" the health and safety of all workers. Meta's own employees can defer returns to the office to as late as June.
These concerns aren't strictly new. Moderators accused Meta (then Facebook) in 2020 of putting lives at risk by asking some contractors to work from the office even when family members were highly vulnerable. Meta disputed some of the claims at the time, but not all. This also comes after a $ 52 million settlement with moderators who said they developed PTSD and other mental health issues while screening harmful material. However, this latest incident suggests Meta still hasn't shaken concerns about the welfare of its moderation teams.
Tesla's app server went down a few hours ago, leading to a worldwide app outage that left owners unable to connect to their cars. For those who've been mostly dependent on their phones instead of their keycards, that means being locked out of their vehicles. Electrek first reported the issue after receiving complaints from Tesla owners on Friday night, and for a while it seemed like the problem only affected drivers in North America. But then, an owner from Seoul, South Korea tweeted at Elon Musk about getting a server error on their app, to which the Tesla CEO replied that he's "checking" it out.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2021
Other tweets show owners calling for roadside assistance and delaying their plans for the night. The outage came shortly after the automaker rolled out an update to its application, which Electrek said includes a feature that Tesla had issues implementing. It's unclear if that was connected to the outage, since Musk has yet to follow up on his initial response. Regardless, it looks like the outage is starting to get resolved. Downdetector received as many as 543 reports a few hours ago, but now they're down to less than a hundred.
Being locked out of vehicles could be an ongoing problem as automakers move to cloud services and increase reliance on smartphone apps. As this situation showed, however, it's still wise to carry around a keycard/keyfob as backup just in case.
Classic '90s sitcom Seinfeldjust landed on Netflix after a six-year run on Hulu. Given that the show was filmed years before HD was a thing, it was originally displayed in a 4:3 aspect ratio on TV (and the DVD sets that came years later). But on Netflix, the show has been cropped into a 16:9 widescreen format to fit on modern TVs. As noted by Rolling Stone, that means some visual gags have literally been erased.
— Brandon (spooky version) (@Thatoneguy64) October 1, 2021
Twitter users @boriskarkov and @Thatoneguy64 succinctly pointed out the problem with a specific episode called "The Pothole." In the episode, George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld are trying to find George's lost keys, which were dropped in a pothole that was then paved over. In a crop where George wildly yells at the pothole, the Netflix crop removes the pothole entirely. The 16:9 aspect ratio probably also cuts out some other gags in the series — or at the very least, it might be a jarring experience for people used to how the show originally looked.
Of course, this isn't a new problem. Crops of Seinfeld have been on cable TV for years, and Hulu also showed the series in 16:9, as well. Given Netflix's popularity, Seinfeld is getting lots of extra attention right now, and thus a bunch of new viewers are probably checking it out who might not have seen it on Hulu. A similar controversy happened in late 2019 when the entire run of The Simpsons hit Disney+. After plenty of complaints about missed visual gags, Disney eventually released the seasons that aired in 4:3 in their original aspect ratio. Hopefully Netflix will do the same thing with Seinfeld — but in the meantime, as with many classic shows, the most authentic way to watch them is probably on DVD.
If you’ve had satellite or cable services for a few years, you’re probably familiar with the carriers and networks squabbling and fighting over contracts. Comcast doesn’t want to pay more to carry Viacom’s channels, Viacom threatens to pull everything, Comcast caves, and your monthly price goes up by $ 6 per month. Switch out those two […]
With this year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, Apple finally brought its ProMotion display technology from the iPad Pro over to some of its phones. The feature allows the new high-end iPhones to refresh screen content up to 120 times per second, thereby creating a much smoother interface experience. The effect is most noticeable when scrolling, but almost every aspect of a UI can benefit from a higher refresh rate.
Am I correct in seeing that UIView.animateWithDuration APIs aren't clocked at 120Hz on iPhone 13? On UIScrollView, system ones, and Metal by the looks of it, rest is still 60Hz? pic.twitter.com/t3MeM9cj0E
— Christian Selig (@ChristianSelig) September 24, 2021
Unfortunately, it looks like the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max limit their ProMotion displays in one notable context. According to spotted by , the phones cap some animations in third-party apps to 60Hz. Scrolling and full-screen transitions render as expected but other animations do not. The effect is apparently jarring. What makes it worse is that it’s not something you’ll see when using any software from Apple; the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max do not enforce that same limitation on the company’s apps.
What makes the situation particularly confusing is that the iPad Pro does not have a similar limit. It has treated first- and third-party apps equally since it was released in 2017. A source told 9to5Mac the iPhone’s implementation may have something to do with battery life considerations. At the very least, code in iOS 15 suggests the limitation isn’t a bug. Either way, we’ve reached out to Apple for more information, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from the company.
Verizon may not be making major acquisitions like AT&T and DirecTV, but that doesn’t mean they’re not trying to muscle into the streaming game. Today the carrier has announced Verizon Stream TV, a streaming device that seems pretty solid and not terribly expensive. Verizon Stream TV So what’s up with this new Android TV box? […]
Come comment on this article: Verizon Stream TV puts a customized spin on Android TV, but it’s lacking some major features
If you purchased Ring’s new entry-level doorbell over the past few months, you may want to check its serial number. The Amazon-owned company has issued a recall for its second-generation smart video doorbell with the model number 5UM5E5. Its battery…
If you’ve been having problems syncing data across your Apple devices, you’re not alone. Apple is reporting (via 9to5Mac) outages across several of its iCloud services, including backups, calendars, Find My, photos and even sign-ins. The company only…
Have we ever had a Google Pixel phone without some kind of controversy? I don’t think so. This time around, it looks like we might have some manufacturing issues with the Google Pixel 5, and some users are reporting gaps between the display and screen of their brand new phone. Uh oh. Google Pixel 5 […]
Come comment on this article: Uh oh: the Pixel 5 is apparently already coming apart for some users
If you’ve been given a subscription for Google Play Music (GPM) and have found out that the service will begin being phased out during September, have no fear; Google has got your back. Instead of leaving you out in the cold, the search giant will, according to one Reddit user, convert your GPM subscription into […]
Come comment on this article: Google will convert gifted Play Music subscriptions to YouTube Music and throw in some Play Store credit too, maybe
Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has launched a new deal to try to entice people to its Fios service. Building on the Disney+ promotion the telecom announced last year, new customers can get up to 12 months of Hulu free when they subscribe to Veri…
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A number of iPhone users are seeing a strange green tint on their devices’ displays for a few seconds after unlocking, and it’s still unclear what’s causing the phenomenon. Based on the complaints posted on Reddit and the MacRumors forum, the most af…
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Chromebook ownership has its perks, which includes offers on a rotating selection of apps and games. Now, Doom and Doom II are available for free on Chromebooks for a limited time. The offer isn’t available to every Chromebook user, so check the perk…
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Strava, the social fitness network that tracks cycling and running, is putting some of its previously free features behind a subscription paywall. In a press release, the company said that it’s not yet a profitable company, and that its “commitment t…
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The brand new OnePlus 8 Series only launched on April 14th with pre-orders opening the day after, but some Reddit users in the US are reporting that they’ve already received their orders. Others have said that they’ve had tracking numbers and shipping confirmations emailed to them. Have you received your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro […]
Come comment on this article: Some users are reporting early deliveries, have you received your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro yet?
Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It's teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or L…
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For the longest time, getting repairs for an Apple device as an everyday user has usually meant either visiting a store or mailing it in — and both are pains if you either don't have the time or would rather not lug a heavy iMac or Mac Pro to the lo…
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Following their successful Redmi K20 (Mi 9T) sub- and value-flagships earlier this year, Xiaomi’s followups have just launched featuring high-refresh displays but also some downgrades. Xiaomi‘s value-oriented brand Redmi launched their excellent debut sub-flagship and its near-identical value-flagship Redmi K20 and K20 Pro, known globally as the Xiaomi Mi 9T and 9T Pro, in only […]
Come comment on this article: Redmi K30 launched with 120hz display and cheap 5G variant, some downgrades
Google is teaming up with the North Pole again this year, and they’re making it really easy to track Santa’s progress as we get closer to Christmas. There are tons of Google Assistant games to play, GIFs to share, and even a snowbox to build your own 3D winter wonderland. Not everything will be available […]
Come comment on this article: Google Assistant picks up some holiday tricks, makes it easy to track Santa all month long
It’s Thanksgiving week, which means tons of deals have already gone live. Whether you need cables and accessories for your phone, a new controller to play games, speakers to make your music better, or you’re just looking for a good gift, there’s plenty of stuff here. Check it out. Phones Amazon is running a pretty […]
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Aukey has released a new line of mobile chargers and accessories for your smartphone designed at delivering the fastest possible charge without taking up a ton of space or costing a ton of money. The Omni-Power line has power adapters for your home and car, wireless chargers, portable batteries, cables, and more, and we’re here […]
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Huawei has done a good job of building their design language into something distinct and recognizable, but every once in a while you’ll see them do something that throws back to the old Huawei that took way too much inspiration from Apple. The newly leaked Huawei MatePad Pro, for example, could very easily be mistaken […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei MatePad Pro leaks with some serious Apple inspiration
Under Armor Gear or UAG as it is more commonly known by, makes a host of products designed to protect devices from the rigors of daily life. Now the company has announced three new straps called Active, Leather, and Nato for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch that add durability and utility to the smartwatch in urban and […]
Come comment on this article: Add some durability to your Samsung Galaxy Watch with these rugged straps from UAG
LG isn’t known for particularly quick updates, and that’s probably the biggest detractor from some of their otherwise great smartphones. It looks like they’ll be one of the last to get onboard the Android 10 train, but it is happening. They’ve announced an Android 10 preview that’s going live for the LG G8 ThinQ, with […]
Come comment on this article: LG has announced Android 10 is finally coming to some of their devices
Belkin and Amazon are running a deal today that involves some pretty hefty discounts on surge protectors for your devices. Whether you’re just looking to upgrade the protection on your expensive gadgets or you just need more outlets to plug stuff into, there’s definitely something here you can use. The deal has some very basic […]
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Grab some cheap Belkin surge protectors from Amazon today (up to 42% off)
Subscription game services are all the rage lately. The concept goes all the way back to Gamefly with physical discs, but it’s changed more recently to accommodate digital delivery. PlayStation Now was the first major entry into the space, but was plagued with connection issues since many users didn’t have internet fast enough to handle […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s going to give Apple Arcade some competition with Google Play Pass, a subscription service for games
Google’s Pixel sales since inception have been pretty lackluster. It’s not that the Pixels aren’t great phones, especially when it comes to camera quality and software updates, but they’ve just never really managed to take a bite out of the market, especially not without insane carrier promotions. But it looks like the Pixel 3a might […]
Come comment on this article: Pixel 3a put some life back in Google’s smartphone business, doubling total Pixel sales year-over-year
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is starting to take a few laps around the rumor mill, and today we’re getting a good look at the case for the phone. Normally these kinds of leaks are pretty boring when it’s for a phone that we already expect to look much like its predecessor, but Huawei is […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei leak shows a circular camera cutout to keep some distance from Samsung and Apple
Google’s latest version of the Google Home app is hinting at a few upcoming things on both the software and hardware side of things, including dark mode making its way to the hub app, plus a brand new device that might be coming soon. We’ve heard a few rumors about another Google Home-style device, so […]
Come comment on this article: New Google Home app hints at dark mode and some upcoming gadgets from Google
T-Mobile has announced that they’re changing up their unlimited plans a little bit, with the most noticeable change being a shift away from the T-Mobile One branding. The new plans, while similar, will be called Magenta and Magenta Plus. There’s good news with the Magenta plans, too. They cost the same as T-Mobile’s old plans, […]
Come comment on this article: T-Mobile rebrands their unlimited plans to Magenta, but bring some Netflix price hikes
Amazon has announced a refresh of their Fire 7 tablets, which will be officially available in a couple of weeks on June 6th. These new tablets stick to the same tried-and-true design that Amazon loves, and they’re still only going to be $ 49. But they do offer some key upgrades over the older tablets that […]
Come comment on this article: Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablets keep their cheap price but deliver some key upgrades
Interested in learning a new language? That can be a pretty daunting task, but services like uTalk are here to help. Right now through Talk Android Deals you can pick up some credit for uTalk to help you learn over 100 different languages to make your next international vacation a little bit better, all without […]
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New phone, new cases. The Galaxy S10 is easily one of the most popular Android phones on the planet, which means everyone’s releasing their cases and accessories for it. We’ve already looked at some, and next on the list is Silk’s Wallet Slayer, available in a couple different patterns and for all three Galaxy S10 […]
Come comment on this article: Silk Galaxy S10 Wallet Slayer case review: nix your wallet, pick up some features
The Galaxy S10’s design launched with that extremely recognizable hole punch in the display, which may or may not be better than a typical display notch. Regardless of what you think about Samsung’s design choices, the punch has opened up a ton of options for customization of your phone, whether through some apps or wallpapers […]
Come comment on this article: Here are some tips for customizing the hole punch on your Galaxy S10
“Road-map cutbacks” have been cited as the instigator for Google slashing their future laptops/tablets and pushing their hardware employees to other projects ‘temporarily’. Google has made many attempts at building their own hardware; from long-forgotten netbooks to their line of ‘Nexus‘ phones and oddities like the ‘Nexus Q‘, to their current line of ‘Pixel‘ chromebooks, […]
Come comment on this article: Google puts hardware division on hold, some projects cancelled
We've got the biggest stories from SXSW over the weekend, as well as news on more suspicious cryptocurrency dealings (to paraphrase, it was an elaborate pyramid scheme), and you've told us what you really thought about the Pixel 3.
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Whether or not you actually need 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is a conversation and a half on its own, but when Samsung said that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ would all have at least 8GB of RAM, that’s what buyers are expecting. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a ton of misinformation, software weirdness, and […]
Come comment on this article: Despite some confusion, Samsung confirms at least 8GB of RAM in all Galaxy S10 and S10+ models
RIP Galaxy Apps. You’ll be remembered by someone, somewhere. At least one person, probably. The app itself isn’t really going anywhere, but Samsung is changing it up ahead of its Galaxy S10 announcement tomorrow. Galaxy Apps will become Galaxy Store, and it’s getting a OneUI redesign to better match the rest of Samsung’s app suite. […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung changes Galaxy Apps to Galaxy Store, sprinkles some One UI design in
The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are both excellent phones, but as we always seem to note in reviews, some crucial corners tend to get cut. It looks like both models are experiencing issues with the microphone in third-party apps, and it’s causing serious quality problems while using things like Snapchat and other messaging apps. […]
Come comment on this article: The OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T seem to have some microphone quality problems
As January finally comes to a close and we begin preparing for the madness of February, Anker has prepared a bunch of deals to tempt our barely recovered bank accounts. As you might expect from the accessory-maker, there are a whole host of discounted chargers, power banks and cables, and other gadgets on offer in […]
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Are you always losing your car keys like I am? You can save yourself a ton of hassle in the mornings by investing in a smart tracker, and right now we’re offering a cool deal on a KeySmart tool that will always allow you to keep up with your keys and add some extra functionality […]
Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Find your lost stuff and save some money with the KeySmart Pro with Tile (33% off)
Don't be surprised if Twitter looks very different on the web in the near future. The social network has started rolling out a previously teased web redesign that, for starters, boasts a much simpler look — the three-column view is gone in favor of…
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Uber drivers may in the US are out of luck pursuing class action lawsuits that would force the company to treat them as employees. They might, however, get something for their trouble — with some caveats. TechCrunch has learned that Uber has offer…
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Plex is in an almost constant state of adding new features to the platform, making it one of the most robust and powerful media servers on the planet, especially with the right Android TV box. Next up on the feature list is a way to ease the pain in trying to find subtitles for […]
Come comment on this article: Plex is adding easy subtitle support for your favorite movies, but dropped some little used features
Google has been slowly but surely making some changes to their Material Design specifications and guidelines for several months now. Unofficially dubbed Material Design 2, the updates are the first major ones since 2014 when Google initially launched Material Design. Besides bringing a fresh look to interfaces, the overhaul appears to be focused on improving […]
Come comment on this article: Demo video shows off some updated Google Material Design changes
Lagging way behind most of the market, Google finally seems to figured out that users want to be able to send and receive messages from whatever screen they are viewing at the moment. Last month Google rolled out the ability for Android Messages users to sync text messages on the desktop, joining their Google Allo […]
Come comment on this article: Google Duo gets some support for multiple devices including tablets